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A disappointing performance in the time trial Saturday has left the Discovery Channel team, formerly led by Lance Armstrong, with little choice but to attack when the Tour de France enters the Pyrenees.
"We lost more time than expected in the time trial so it is up to us to make up for it if we can," team manager Johan Bruyneel told reporters.
"And there is only one way to make up for lost time -- attack and ignite the race so that no team should be able to be in control.
"There will be attacks from the first stage in the Pyrenees. Even if the stage does not end at a summit, there will be a lot of possibilities," the Belgian added.
The peloton will ride from Cambo-Les-Bains to Pau with the ascents of the Col de Soudet and the Col de Marie-Blanque on Wednesday.
"We have to adopt an aggressive attitude. The wait-and-see attitude is not an option for us anymore," said Bruyneel.
Former Giro d'Italia winner Paolo Savoldelli is Discovery's top rider in the standings at 11th, 2 minutes, 10 seconds behind leader Serhiy Honchar. George Hincapie is 17th, 2:30 adrift of the T-Mobile rider.
Bruyneel acknowledged the German team is in a strong position before the mountain stages.
"Andreas Kloeden is the best but there are many other riders. They are undoubtedly the strongest team," he said.
Kloeden, who finished second to Armstrong on the Tour two years ago, is fifth overall, 1:50 behind Honchar.
Teammate Michael Rogers said on Monday the team would probably work for the German in the mountains.